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In '75, Roger Staubach liked sex as much as Joe Namath
How does Irv Cross feel about the way football pregame shows have evolved since he was a regular during the ground-breaking, mid-1970s heyday of “The NFL Today?’’
“I don’t watch a whole lot of pregame shows,’’ he said, “primarily because if it’s a Sunday game I’m in church.’’
Oh. And when he does watch?
“Sometimes I feel they might be just overload for me,’’ he said. “I just need to know who’s playing and some of the key points involved in the game and I’m ready to watch it.’’
Of course, many traditionalists deemed CBS’ show too glitzy at the time, especially the presence of a recent Miss America, Phyllis George, on the set.
But it worked, with Cross as a staple for 15 seasons, and next weekend he will be honored with the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
George only was on the show for three seasons, but for fans old enough to remember that era, she remains closely associated with it.
Cross said he loved working with her.
“She was a very delightful, pleasant person,’’ he said. “All the players loved meeting her . . . She added elements to our show Brent and Jimmy the Greek and I couldn’t do.’’
During a famous 1975 interview, Roger Staubach told George, “I enjoy sex as much as Joe Namath, only I do it with one girl. But it’s still fun.’’
Said Cross: “That response was a gut feeling to a lady asking him a question. I would have never gotten that response from him.’’